The tidying up bug has been hanging around for the past couple of days. Last night I spent a very pleasurable hour putting books on hold at the library and updating my books spreadsheet. (What? Like it’s a surprise that I have one for books too.)
This morning I dug out my summer clothes and culled, sorted, and organized. This afternoon I reviewed my 2nd Quarter list for the 2016 finish a-long. I have 2 out of 6 done and have eight days to finish another. We’ll see about that.
I also noticed that 7 of my quilts in progress are stuck at the quilting stage. That’s half my list! Geez, I should get rich and pay someone to quilt for me. Or get a long arm.
I’ve had an idea rattling around my head for pretty much the past year. This is version I-can’t-even-remember-anymore and I’ll give you the short version here. Last year I turned 39 and it was tough! 39 kind of kicked my ass. I also spent a lot of time thinking about “turning 40 next year” and what THAT would mean. And I figured that if I’m lucky, I’m about halfway through my useful life. But 39 was tough.
First run through. Tension needs fixing.
I tried out the block printing in each line. By the end I felt like an actor rehearsing lines, trying out different emphases.
And the finale!
What did I learn from the challenge?
I loved adding writing. Composing an S on the fly under the needle is tough. My stitched cursive is better than my cursive on paper. Using a striped fabric helped keep my lines straight. Kids who can read should NOT be allowed to watch you do this project. I am awesome. 40 is so much better than 39.
I bought fabric. Fabric I don’t need, can’t use right away, but love.
I saw it a week ago and loved it. Put it back because I’m not buying fabric this year. Picked it up, put it back. Left the store. Called the store the next morning and had it put on hold. I bought the bolt since there was just a tiny bit left (2.2m). At 7$/m, it was a steal. (Remember fabric here is ~20$/m.)
I figure it will be a sweet quilt back someday. Another quilt is on my list! Or I could make a skirt for me. It might be a bit loud, even for me. I would probably get a quilt made before a skirt honestly.
A few days ago I gave out my big quilting tip “if you stitch something, press it.” That’s an awesome tip and I stand by it. My other big quilting tip is “if you’re stuck creatively, tidy up.” Because honestly, no matter how tidy you are, you can always be tidier.
And when you do a tidy up, you might find things you had forgotten about. Hello goldfish shark fabric! Or you might find things you had misplaced. Like the two fat quarters of solid black that you needed but couldn’t find so you went to the store and spent money needlessly on more black solid*. For instance.
*Your experience might be slightly different. Or exactly the same. If so then let’s be friends and we can curse our messiness together.
Some asked yesterday if this is my own design and it’s not! Don’t want to steal any credit from the fabulous Kaffe Fassett. It’s his rice bowls pattern from several of his books.
I fixed, or tried to fix that cock-eyed bowl block from yesterday (the red one). I restitched the blue/grey to the red part, and then appliquéd it down. Then noticed it’s still a little off. It’s close enough for jazz I think, and done is better than perfect in this case.
Which brings me to weird state of being now. I will have to review my current projects and see which ones are do-able under the current circumstances. School got out today (“school’s…out…for…summer!”) but that means ten and a half weeks of very intense family time. As an introvert that’s hard. I will have to figure out what project I want to work on next.